Though just a sophomore, West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler has put together a string of successful performances at Madison Square Garden over the past two seasons. Wednesday's opening round win over Providence for the fifth-seeded Mountaineers was another big day for the native of nearby Newark, N.J.
Butler was consistent from tip to final horn for West Virginia, finishing with 17 points on eight-of-11 shooting from the field, while narrowly missing his second consecutive double-double with nine rebounds. In Saturday's win over St. John's at MSG, Butler recorded 18 points and 10 boards, though his contributions were somewhat under the radar due to another monster effort from teammate Joe Alexander.
On Wednesday, Butler's reliability pushed the Mountaineers over the top, all but clinching an NCAA at-large berth in the process.
In the Friars' last three trips to the event, they have been eliminated by West Virginia.